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13009814430554250x225.jpg Soon Pierre Cardin, the famous French couturier, will make interior design for the building of S.M. Eisenstein Library of Cinematography in Karetny Ryad Str., Moscow.Press service of the Central Administrative District of Moscow announced that the couturier would make an interior design project for the library. During his visit to Moscow in 2009, Pierre Cardin was so impressed by the unique collection of the Library of Cinematography, that he decided to design its rooms for free.“An agreement to this effect was concluded. It is planned to prepare the Library of Cinematography for complete overhaul in 2011. Pierre Cardin will take part in interior design of the building. “Start” Children’s Art School of Architecture will also take part in the work,” press service representative said.Note: S.M. Eisenstein Library of Cinematography was founded in Moscow in 2008 on the initiative of Russian celebrities: Eldar Ryazanov, Vitaly Vulf, Marlen Khutsiev, Alexey Batalov, Vladimir Etush, Vera Vasilieva, and Tatyana Lioznova. The library collects exemplars of the unique heritage of famous figures in film industry.Source:
128114747.jpg A united network of public information centers will be created in Tuva on the basis of e-libraries. It will allow local residents to use the National Regional Library remotely. According to the government data, generally accessible information centers will be established in all 17 districts of the republic of Tuva and will be based on local libraries. All the information centers will be connected to each other and to the National Library of Tuva through the Internet. The creation of such centers is the main priority of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tuva in 2011.The budget funding of the libraries’ material and technical resources and of the establishment of the information centers network will number 14 million roubles. According to the local authorities, the money will be spent on the purchase of the necessary technical appliances for the local libraries, on providing Internet access and on the purchase of some minimum program package (including legal information systems).According to the Regional Government, A.S. Pushkin National Library will host the central server system of the regional network, one of the branches of Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, as well as electronic files and catalogs of the republic’s information resources. K.I. Chukovsky Regional Children’s Library will also be included into the network.Source:

Museum of Readers is a unique project of the Russian State Art Library. It combines a series of exhibitions aimed at providing information about famous readers, whose co-authors the library and its staff sometimes became.

The present exhibition is named “Moscow Academic Art Theatre (Mkhat) and Library. Book and Stage”. It is the second in the series. The exhibition is devoted to famous directors, actors, painters, who worked for the Moscow Academic Art Theatre at different times. It represents the whole way from an order of a book, document or photo to the creative result: stage performance, costume, role. There are orders of such readers as Oleg Efremov, Boris Livanov, Vyacheslav Nevinny, Oleg Basilashvili, Konstantin Yuon (painter).“You can learn what was of interest to great artists by their library orders, by the things Smoktunovsky ordered, by the books Efremov ordered. When a performance is prepared, a great amount of work invisible to people is connected with the cultural stratum on which a serious play touches. Where does it come from? Right from here. I’ve just found here my own order of 1989 – at the time I was preparing a book about Bulgakov’s cooperation with the Moscow Academic Art Theatre. It means I came here for some purpose, and here it’s written in my hand: country USSR, address so and so. It’s history,” said the Rector of the Studio School of the Moscow Academic Art Theatre Anatoly Smelyansky.Source:
48424812gosudarstvennuy.jpg The Scientific Library of St. Petersburg State Museum of the History of Religion has reopened after three years’ time. The library has been closed for inventory taking of its stocks since 2007. Its employees carried out a great work classifying, recording the stocks, arranging book loan technology. They arranged depositories of Russian and foreign monographs, periodicals, booklets, literature in the Old Church Slavic language.The Scientific Library of the History of Religion has one of the largest in the world collections on religion and atheism. It is the only civil library in Russia containing so much literature on Christianity (Orthodox and Catholic Churches, Protestantism), Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto. There are also books on history, philosophy, psychology, archaeology, natural history, visual arts, museum studies. In total, the library’s stock consists of 192 thousand items.Source:
Mikhail Seslavinsky, whose personal library contains over 4000 books, including many unique editions, became the head of the newly established National Union of Bibliophiles (NUB).The history of bibliophile movement in Russia can be divided into several stages. The National Union of Bibliophiles is the legal successor of Leningrad Bibliophile Society and the Russian Society of Book Lovers in Moscow, which existed in 1920-s, as well as the organization of Russian bibliophiles, which was founded in 1991 and existed for about 20 years.In Soviet times researchers had good wages, and almost any professor or academic had a bookshelf or a bookcase of ancient books. But in 1990-s a lot of professors, and later their heirs, sold out these books. At present, ancient books are expensive, and it is an extravagant pleasure to collect them. There are different collectors: some collect poetry of the Silver Age, others – lifetime editions of the XIXth century or Russian avant-garde books. However, these several hundreds of people form the basis of bibliophile world, according to the well-known saying “Freaks will save the world”.There are few ancient books left in the shops. You can recall that libraries of the nobility of pre-revolution Russia were extinguished. Some of them were burnt down or ravaged by peasants. Others were nationalized and transferred to state depositories. Some books with autographs of Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Maxim Gorky were collected thoroughly and given to the departments of rare books or state archives in Soviet times. There are almost no such books left on the market. Other books, on the contrary, were not valuable or were prohibited, it could be like this with Marina Tsvetaeva’s autographs. It is only due to a couple of book devotees that collectioners started to buy books from Tsvetaeva’s library in 1970-s, 1980-s, and 1990-s. Their collections formed the basis for the expositions of memorial museums. In 1990-s lots of books were sold abroad.We should support bibliophiles. They should unite, because it is necessary to speak about ancient books with a person who knows the ropes. Besides, they should think whom to pass the baton to.Source:
picturelg.jpg A regional center of Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library is being established in Yamal. The National Library forms a union digital library resource that will later become the cyber content of the regional center of Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library.The National Library concluded agreements with libraries in Noyabrsk, Novy Urengoy, Nadym, Tarko-Sale, and Salekhard within the project framework. They form the union e-catalog of books and periodicals, which contains over 300 thousand records at present. The union e-bank of full-text resources on local history is also created. The resources consist of factual and bibliographic digital databases.It is necessary to mention that realization of the project implies a well-equipped building, in particular, it is supposed to create a universal reading room with 30 automated workplaces, a reading room of the regional branch office of the Presidential Library with access to the Internet and to the resources of Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library.Source:
feriahav.jpg Havana International Book Fair is one of the main events in Cuban cultural life. The Twentieth International Book Fair opened on February 10, 2011.Last year, Russia took part in the Book Fair for the first time as the guest of honour. Cubans showed great interest in Russian printed products, so organizers of the fair promised to provide Russia with a stand at next book fairs. In 2011, Russia represented books produced by over 100 publishers at the book fair.According to Zuleyka Romay, President, Cuban Institute of Books, the Twentieth Havana International Book Fair is devoted to the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance: Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Dominica, Honduras, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ecuador. The book fair was also dedicated to Cuban writers Fernando Martinez Heredia and Jaime Zaruski.The events took place in San Carlos de la Cabaña castle in Havana on 10 – 20 February, and in different Cuban provinces on February 20 – March 6.The Russian delegation included representatives of the Federal Agency for Science and Innovation, Association of Russian Publishers, General Board of Directors of International Book Exhibitions and Fairs, as well as publishers, writers, and translators. The delegation was headed by Yury Pul, Director, Department of Periodicals, Publishing and Printing, “Rospechyat” Agency.Poet Sergey Gandlevsky; writer Vyacheslav Pyetsukh; script writer, journalist and author of books for teenagers Elena Usacheva met with Cuban readers and their colleagues from the Cuban Union of Writers.Source:
2145824.jpg A “night at the library” will take place in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. It is held by A.N. Ostrovsky Library for the first time. The library adopted the experience of Russian museums, which hold a “night at the museum” annually on their professional holiday. The “night at the museum” action was held twice in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, it roused enthusiasm and gained great popularity among young people. Now citizens of Komsomolsk-on-Amur can also experience a “night at the library”.That night, each visitor will be able to take part in various contests and exhibitions, games, master-classes, interesting excursions to closed depositories and to get presents. For the youngest and the most active there will be a show programme, karaoke and… a disco.Various events will take place at the same time all over the library. Among them: an exhibition of watercolors by Nataliya Smysheva, “Third Eye” photo exhibition, performance of “Force Major” show group and of “Tonica” art song club, a contest of execution of guitar songs. There will also be an excursion to the closed depositary turned into panic room for the Christmas night. Many other events will also be organized in the library.Source:

The department of reaction to extremism of the Ministry of the Interior seized about 50 items from the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow. Nataliya Sharina, Director of the library, told UNIAN information agency that police officers searched for the word “nationalism” in the e-catalogue and confiscated all the editions where the word was mentioned. According to Sharina, the policemen seized, for instance, newspapers “Nation and State”, “Way of Victory”, “Ukrainian Word” in Ukrainian, as well as books about the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptitsky and the activities of the Ukrainian Rebel Army. The search record given by the police officers to the library’s administration reads that the copies were seized for “psychological and linguistic expertise”.

The policemen behaved rather rudely during the search. According to Sharina, at first they asked her to find all the necessary books, and when she asked why they did not do it themselves, they answered: “You want us to turn over the library so that all books are on the floor?”Earlier UNIAN agency informed (with reference to a source in law enforcement authorities), that Russian public prosecution initiated criminal proceedings over proliferation of xenophobic literature in the Ukrainian Literature Library.The library, built in 2006 with the money of the prefecture of the Central Administrative District in Moscow, belongs to the government of the Russian capital. Because of this fact, “the Embassy cannot influence the processes that are on there”, said Vladimir Elchenko, Ukrainian Ambassador in Russia.In 2007 the Ukrainian Literature Library attracted attention of the mass media after a regional non-governmental organization “Ukrainians of Moscow” announced that a unique newspaper archive kept there had been destroyed. Then-president of the Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko even wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin about that situation.Source:
Presidential council for codification and improvement of civil law will consider important amendments to the Civil Code, which concern digitization of printed books. If the amendments are adopted, any library will be able to digitize its stock without consulting authors. It should serve to preserve books and make them more available for library users. Besides, libraries will be able to exchange digitized books.
At present, only 3 national libraries have the right to digitize books without consulting their authors. In future, 45 thousand libraries under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and over 62 thousand libraries in educational institutions may obtain the same right. The project has aroused controversy. For instance, Oleg Novikov, Director General, “Eksmo” Publishing House, thinks that if the amendments come into force, any swindler will be able to call their book collection “library” and digitize and distribute the books without letting their authors know. In his opinion, it is a direct threat to publishing business.
However, one of the project authors Vitaly Kalyatin, lawyer for “Rosnano”, considers it hardly possible that there appear more possibilities for fraud, as libraries will only be able to create a single digitized copy of a book, and users will be allowed to read the copies only in the library building. The law “On librarianship” will help to regulate this issue accurately. Several well-known cultural figures, among them: musician Andrey Makarevich, film-maker Andrey Konchalovsky, writer Darya Dontsova have already signed an open letter to the President of Russia concerning these amendments.
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